The Court of Appeal has allowed the criminal bar to continue its challenge to the controversial Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) and suggested it calls on the entire bar to help fund the action.
“To be called to the bar, a barrister needs to have completed 120 days of specific advocacy training,” the report said. “A qualified solicitor can practise in the crown court (subject to accreditation) with as few as 22 hours such training.”
“The state has failed to provide adequate representation to allow the trial to take place,” Cameron told the court. “A stay is exceptional, but so is lack of representation in this country. We are worried about a fair trial. It’s not the fault of the FCA but we do [blame] the state more widely.”